Over 3,000 apply for new customs officer positions
As a result of Brexit, Revenue are planning to hire an additional 600 customs officers with 200 to be recruited ahead of March 2019.

Over 3,000 applications have been received for 200 new customs officer positions that are being created ahead of Brexit. It is envisaged by Revenue that 600 additional customs staff with be required as a result of Brexit.

In response to a parliamentary question from Fianna Fáil’s Niall Collins, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohue confirmed the Public Appointment Service was in the process of accessing applications.

It is expected interviews will be held for the 200 positions before the end of the month.

It is hoped the 200 new officers will be trained and in place before 29 March 2019.

Revenue expects to hire the balance of 400 staff during the UK’s agreed transition period of April 2019 to the end of 2020.

Clearing cargo

In September, the Irish Farmers Journal reported that Revenue told applicants its trade facilitation role involves clearing cargo imports and exports to countries outside the EU.

The work will involve checks on customs declarations, physical examination of cargo consignments, processing goods detained for further enquiry, dealing with undervaluations, misdeclarations and trade in counterfeit or prohibited goods. There will be co-operation with other State agencies, including the Department of Agriculture.

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The farmer's daily wrap: vet stand-off and counterfeit Landcruiser parts
Catch up with the headlines from the day and get a look ahead at tomorrow's weather.

Weather forecast

The west of the country will be affected by scattered showers overnight, according to Met Éireann.

Wednesday is expected to be a blustery, day with changeable rain conditions – ranging from scattered showers to hail throughout the day.

Atlantic coastal regions are expected to bear the brunt of the bad weather.

In the news

  • Gardaí recover fake Landcruiser parts worth €500,000.
  • Veterinary inspectors in factories are taking industrial action, which is having an effect on factory throughput.
  • IFA president Joe Healy has warned that there will be a knock-on effect if the national suckler herd contracts.
  • The High Court has placed a seven-week stay on a judgement ordering the detention of an indebted farmer resisting eviction from his land.
  • A number of dairy processors have set their milk price for November.
    LacPatrick holds milk price and adds winter bonus for NI suppliers
    LacPatrick has followed the lead of the majority of co-ops by holding its November milk price.

    LacPatrick Dairies has held its November milk price for suppliers both north and south of the border.

    Suppliers in the south will continue to receive 29.41c/l excluding VAT.

    Northern suppliers will receive 26.5p/l including VAT.

    They will also receive a 2p/l winter milk bonus for November milk.

    Last month, LacPatrick applied a cut of 1p/l to its October milk price for NI suppliers and said it was not in a position to pay a winter milk bonus.

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    Dairygold holds November milk price

    Gardaí recover fake Landcruiser parts worth €500,000
    Gardaí searched a premises in Monaghan as part of an investigation in counterfeit car parts.

    Gardaí have recovered up to €500,000 in counterfeit car parts, consisting mainly of Toyota Landcruiser parts, at a property in Drumgoose, Castleblaney, Co Monaghan.

    Jeep bullbars, tail lights, mud flaps and body panels, all bearing Toyota trademarked logos, were discovered by gardaí.

    The search was part of an operation investigating the importation and sale of counterfeit car parts.

    Gardaí added that no arrests were made as part of the search.

    Counterfeit Landcruiser parts.

    At the beginning of the month, gardaí recovered a large amount of stolen industrial plant, tools, trailers, vans, cars, engines and car parts with an initial estimate of up to €500,000 being recovered in Co Longford.

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    Gardaí recover €500,000 worth of stolen plant, tools and trailers

    Rural crime: ‘farmers require greater protection’